7 Essential Pool Supplies that are Critical for Pool Maintenance
Pools require a lot of maintenance to stay clean and healthy – to continue providing that crystal blue water that is so refreshing when you take a dip on a hot, Arizona summer day. If you don’t stick to the recommended maintenance, your pool can become green, slimy, and full of dirt and bacteria. Your pool may even look OK but still contain harmful bacteria.
It’s important that you understand what your pool needs and that you have the proper tools to carry out those tasks. Here are seven essential pool supplies that you should always have on hand for pool maintenance:
Algae can form anywhere there is regular water, so it is a constant problem for pools. If you get a bad case of it, you will need more than just a lot of chemicals. A good algae brush will loosen the sticky stuff from the walls of your pool, the steps, and anywhere else it decides to grab on.
Opt for a stainless steel algae brush for the best results on a concrete pool. If you have a vinyl liner, you’ll have to get a nylon bristle brush. Otherwise, you’ll risk damaging the liner while you’re cleaning it.
A vacuum can also help you keep your pool clear of algae. You can start your algae removal by brushing it off, and then you can clear it out of the pool by vacuuming it all up. If you get an automatic vacuum, you can set it and let it do its work until it’s done.
A vacuum also cleans up other debris throughout the pool, which will make your maintenance easier. If you have hard-to-reach spots in your pool, such as if you have an oddly shaped pool, consider getting a manual vacuum for greater control.
A telescoping pole is more of an attachment or accessory than a tool itself. The pole extends out, making it easy to reach the bottom of the pool without bending over or getting yourself into weird angles. You can attach the pole to your pool’s vacuum, skimmer, or other tool. It makes cleanup a lot easier, and it makes it possible to reach hard spots.
Your pool’s filter helps keep the water clean, but it can’t do its job if it is dirty. You need to keep the filter clean to ensure that it continues to function properly. You’ll need to clean the filter on a schedule to make sure it is in good health and is doing the proper work. Routine cleaning will also lengthen the life of the filter, which will save you money.
Every filter has its own cleaning schedule, but you can easily tell when it’s time for a cleaning by the water pressure and the clarity of the water. Pay attention to both.
All the surfaces of your pool can collect bacteria and algae. You need to clean the surface regularly to get rid of potential food sources for this bacteria and algae, including your own body oils. You’ll also need to maintain the right chemical balance in your pool, but you have to combine that with surface cleaning. You can use the cleaner with the pool brush or even just with a soft cloth. You can use it to clean everything above the waterline and even on the surface of the pool ladder.
You have to maintain the right balance in your pool’s water, and you can’t know what the levels of your chemicals are just by looking at it. You need to test the water at least once a week to know its health, and you do that with water testing strips. These strips with test for total chlorine, free chlorine, pH, alkalinity, hardness, and acidity. If you don’t use chlorine to clean your pool, the strips also test for levels of bromine.
When the water in your pool is balanced, it shouldn’t smell like anything. But even with regular application of chemicals, the buildup of skin oils, skin cells, and other debris and cause your pool to smell. The odor isn’t the problem though – it’s the bacteria that is surely accumulating. You need to shock your pool with a special mixture that is designed to sanitize the water. It can even get rid of some algae.
You’ll need to shock your water once a week with a mix made of calcium hypochlorite, or cal hypo as it’s known casually.
Keeping up with pool maintenance can start to feel like a chore, but if you use the right tools, you can make the job much easier. Sticking to a proper maintenance schedulewill ensure that your pool stays healthy enjoyable, and it will lengthen the pool’s life span.
Of course, if you don’t like keeping up with pool maintenance, you can always hire the pros to do it for you. Crystal Oasis Pools offers affordable weekly pool cleaning services, including chemical testing and adjustment. Our other services include acid washes and deep cleaning, repairing and maintaining pumps and heaters, filter service and repair, and more. We are the East Valley’s number one pool cleaning company, and we have been cleaning swimming pools in Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, and the surrounding area for many years. Call us today to get an estimate for your pool cleaning or maintenance.
Crystal Oasis Pool Service & Repair – Gary Porter
P.O. Box 6153
Chandler, AZ 85246